“The No. 1 ranking matters because it’s historical,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said. “I’m very happy for Auburn, I’m very happy for my coaches and our players to have been able to achieve that. That said, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
The Tigers (18-1, 7-0 SEC) received 45 first-place votes and 1,504 points from the 60-member voting panel comprised of media members across the country. Gonzaga was No. 2 with 15 first-place votes and 1,475 points, followed by Arizona, Baylor and Kansas. Auburn is the fifth No. 1 already this season, following Gonzaga (twice), Duke, Purdue and Baylor.
Last week, Auburn beat Georgia and No. 12 Kentucky at home – where it remains an undefeated 10-0 this season in front of capacity crowds and The Jungle at Auburn Arena.
Auburn becomes only the eighth SEC school to achieve a No. 1 national ranking all-time. The Tigers are off to their fourth-best start in program history and only the second 7-0 SEC start next to the 1958-59 season. They are also the winningest SEC men’s basketball program (112 victories) over the last five years.
FIVE BIG EAST TEAMS RANKED For the first time this season, five teams represent the Big East in the AP Top-25 Poll, as Marquette flies into the rankings. The conference is tied for first with the Big Ten with the most teams ranked in the AP Poll this week. Photo via Auburn Athletics Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter Follow ZAGSBLOGHoops on Instagram And Like ZAGS on Facebook